Cirujanos Plásticos en Medford Oregon

Dr. Robert Jensen
Cirujano Medford, OR 97504

Tummy Tuck Procedure

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery designed to improve the appearance of a person's belly area by removing flabby, wrinkled and stretched skin, while tightening the muscles along the abdominal wall. The results of a tummy tuck procedure are a firmer, flatter waistline, improved posture and an increase in self-esteem and confidence.

Performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, a tummy tuck is beneficial to both men and women looking to improve their physique and generally takes 3 to 6 hours to complete under general anesthesia. The period of time you spend in the hospital's recovery area depends on how well you are responding to anesthesia and pain and can vary between later in the day to spending one or two nights.

Though each plastic surgeon in Medford will have their own style for performing a tummy tuck, the incision most commonly used begins at the top of one hip, runs along the lower abdomen and up over the other hip like a smile. Doing this allows your cosmetic surgeon better access to the underlying muscles that have been stretched or separated due to pregnancy or weight gain and loss. A second incision will also be made around your belly button so that it can be placed in its proper location after the excess skin has been pulled down and cut away.

What to Expect

After your tummy tuck operation you can expect quite a bit of discomfort, bruising and swelling. Elastic compression bandages are helpful in reducing this discomfort and your cosmetic surgeon will insist you wear one for a couple of months. Your doctor will also prescribe pain medications and require limited movement for a period of time to ensure proper healing.

Exercise, excessive physical activity and heavy lifting are prohibited in the 2 or 3 weeks following a tummy tuck surgery. Your Doctor will slowly allow more activity based on your progress. Bruising and swelling should be gone after 3 to 6 months and the final results of your tummy tuck can be seen. The scar across your lower abdomen will continue to lighten and fade over time, though it may never fully go away. Fortunately the scar is placed low enough to be covered by a bikini or under garment.

As with any major cosmetic surgery, there are certain risks and complications associated with the tummy tuck procedure. Some of these reaction may include; reaction to anesthesia or pain medication, bleeding or blood clots, or infection. Contact your Medford plastic surgeon immediately if a fever develops or there seems to be excessive swelling and pain. Most complications can be treated without issue if caught early enough.

Talk to a Plastic Surgeon

Your plastic surgeon will also recommend you adopt a healthy lifestyle involving proper nutrition and regular exercise to maintain long-term results following your tummy tuck procedure. If you haven't already been advised to quit smoking, you should do so as nicotine and smoking has been shown to delay and even inhibit proper healing.

To determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, speak with a Medford plastic surgeon. Initial consultations are usually free and there your Doctor can answer all your questions and help you decide if a tummy tuck is right for you.